Financial Not-Fair Play

Week to week, I would hear individuals complain that teams buy their way to the top in spite of a rule created to circumvent those rules. All teams must adhere to a rule called Financial Fair Play (FFP) and even with this rule, every week we see the same five teams listed as transfer opportunities, or as I like to call them the red vs blue group (Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Manchester City).

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Scott: Destiny

After moving to Chicago from Cincinnati, I met a friend in who grew up in London. On the first day that I met Tom, we drove from Chicago to Cleveland for a photo shoot. This happened to be on a Spurs match day. For 90 minutes it was my job to update Tom on the game, line by line, as the game progressed by use of a phone. 

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Tommy: The Journey

After much deliberation, I narrowed it down to 3 teams.. Blackburn, Tottenham Hotspur and their rivals down the road.  I looked into Blackburn because Brad Friedel was on their team and he was a life saver for the United States in the tournament.  Tottenham was in the running because they just signed an Irish lad named Robbie Keane that summer.

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Anthony: The Near Miss

Once it became clear the MLS was a fun pastime but the game itself had so much more to offer, I began looking for a European club to follow. After a brief flirtation with Real Madrid, it became clear that the Premier League was the most competitive league in the world and his future as a fan would lead to England.

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Cesare: The Escape

I didn’t understand any of the chants nor any of the slang, but they always had a smile and more importantly I could start drinking at 6AM! I met new people within the group, an Englishman who kept screaming “that’s a yellow card” of which I replied “throw the flag”, I was quickly corrected for that one.

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